A Bee Cs
Company : Commodore
Year    : 1983
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: The cartridge will not work without being attached to the Magic Voice speech module, so not many people probably bought due to this extra cost. The program itself is designed to teach little kids the alphabet and how to recognise each letter. Fly the bee around the screen as it asks for each letter is quite simply how it works.

Adventure Creator
Company : Spinnaker
Year    : 1984
Author  : Dale Disharoon
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: Make your own adventure. Of sorts. Let the computer design one, or you can build your own. Wander round the mazes, fighting creatures, collecting treasure and surviving, that's the name of the game. Not bad for a play every now and again.

Aegean Voyage
Company : Spinnaker
Year    : 1984
Author  : Joyce Hakansson
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: This is a fun little game where you must sail your ship from Athens across the Aegean sea and discover new islands to pillage. Some contain monsters that will sink your ship however, and it seems half the fun is in guessing which islands yield prizes or enemies. Nice graphics if a little blocky, and tuneful music complement the searching.

After the War
Company : Dinamic
Year    : 1990
Author  : Luis Garcia
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Ultra Rare
Comments: Like all Dinamic carts out there discovered so far, they are all transitions from tape/disc media. You wonder why they bothered when most of the games weren't that great to begin with. Still it allows instant loading and that can't be a bad thing. Nothing really to recommend this apart from it being so damn hard to find (like all the rest of them!).

Alf in the Color Caves
Company : Spinnaker
Year    : 1984
Author  : Joyce Hakansson
Rating  : 4
Rarity  : Common
Comments: A rather simple, basic avoiding game for children to play. Control Alf through the various coloured pipes, avoiding the nasties (only visible by their eyes) to reach the bottom of the screen. Nothing really taxing to be done, though the graphics are big and colourful and would attract a child's attention easily.

Alien Sidestep
Company : Mr Computer Products
Year    : 1983
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 4
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: It's based on Space Invaders, but something a little bit different. There is no mass of aliens to shoot, instead they scroll left to right across the screen instead, wrapping around at the edges. And you have to shoot them dead on target, otherwise they seem to "sidestep" out of the way and hold still. Tricky yet repetitive all the same.

Alpha Build
Company : Fisher Price
Year    : 1984
Author  : Childware Corporation
Rating  : 3
Rarity  : Common
Comments: A basic match the letters game for children, featuring the adventures of Percy penguin, as you build a city from correctly completing rather monotonous matching tasks. Basic graphics and sound are not ingredients to keep attention long to the screen, so this effort is definitely below par.

Alphabet Zoo
Company : Spinnaker
Year    : 1983
Author  : Dale Disharoon
Rating  : 4
Rarity  : Common
Comments: A game to teach your child the alphabet and recognising the similarity between objects and letters. As per so many of these, they look so old and out-dated in modern light, but were probably seen as cutting edge back then.

Amazing Maze
Company : Mr Computer Products
Year    : 1983
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: Very much like a game of MicroMaze, you have to find the exit from the centre of the maze. The computer AI works on the same principle of always taking the same direction turn until it can get no further and then turns back.

Arcade Classic Pak
Company : HES Australia
Year    : 1984
Author  : n/a
Rating  : 8
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: A compilation cartridge featuring one Parker Brothers game and three Activision games: Frogger, River Raid, Decathlon and Beamrider. See the separate reviews of each for my opinion on them. But overall a very good collection by the company.

Arnie Armchair's Howzat
Company : Armchair Entertainment
Year    : 1984
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 4
Rarity  : Rare
Comments: A pretty poor attempt at a cricket game from some obscure company Down Under. What makes this even weirder is the fact they released it on cartridge. It also appears to be very much a 2-player only effort. Poor graphics and sound go together with a strange and hard to figure out control method.

Aspar GP Master
Company : Dinamic
Year    : 1989
Author  : Fernando Jimenez
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Ultra Rare
Comments: A motorcycle racing game, viewed from an overhead perspective. This would seem ideal if it wasn't for the fact the visible play area is rather small and driving round is pretty much a memory test rather than one of skill.

Astroblitz
Company : Creative
Year    : 1983
Author  : Tom Griner
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: A Defender clone of sort, scroll the space landscape in either direction, protecting buildings instead of men and shooting all the aliens floating about causing havoc. Simple graphics and sound, plus the collision detection is a bit harsh for colliding your ship with the aliens.

Astromarine Corps
Company : Dinamic
Year    : 1990
Author  : Fernando Jimenez
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Ultra Rare
Comments: Another of the usual Dinamic scrolling left-to-right shooter games that seemed to be their trade during the late 80s. Nothing amazing about this game either, like many of them as well. And a bit tricky, never forget the difficulty level now.

Attack of the Mutant Camels
Company : HES
Year    : 1983
Author  : Jeff Minter
Rating  : 8
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: Known as Matrix in the UK, HES decided to rename the game for the US market. Another fast shooter in the Centipede mould, the sequel to Gridrunner boasted more features and more things to try and kill you! Always quality coming from Minter now.

Avenger
Company : Commodore
Year    : 1983
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Common
Comments: A pretty standard copy of Space Invaders by any accounts. Nothing really to write home about here. Graphics and sound are functional and it will keep you amused for 15 minites or so.

Avenger Max
Company : Commodore
Year    : 1982
Author  : HAL Laboratory
Rating  : 7
Rarity  : Rare
Comments: The Japanese MAX release of Avenger. A different program to the one released in the West though. The graphics actually are better, less expanded and better animated, which seems very strange to expect. And for this, it actually plays a lot better also.

Badlands
Company : Domark
Year    : 1990
Author  : Teque
Rating  : 7
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: Not a bad conversion by the well known freelance group. Graphics are a bit muddy and brown influenced, but gameplay is good, being a clone of Super Sprint really. But far easier to obtain on tape, as with all the Domark cartridges.

Batman
Company : Ocean
Year    : 1990
Author  : Zack Townsend
Rating  : 8
Rarity  : Common
Comments: After releasing this on tape late the previous year, Ocean decide to bring it out again for the all those lovely new 64GS owners. Like there were plenty of them now! Still the game is rather decent given the talent being used, a good mix of platform action and arcade type joystick dexterity.

Battle Command
Company : Ocean
Year    : 1991
Author  : Steve Caslin
Rating  : 8
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: The Amiga game showed it could be translated for the mighty C64. See filled in vector graphics that actually move reasonably fast! See some proper strategy action in the only Ocean game I believe really does the cartridge format justice. Just make sure you pick up a copy with all the instructions.

Battlezone
Company : Atarisoft
Year    : 1983
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 7
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: Eight years before Battle Command we get the conversion of the popular arcade. A favourite of mine despite the fact I had to stand on tiptoe to see the screen. A reasonable attempt, smoothish vectors and as usual with Atarisoft's conversions, good accuracy to the source material.

BC's Quest for Tires
Company : Sierra Online
Year    : 1983
Author  : Chuck Benton
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: Based on the well known American comic books, a passable attempt at a licensed game way back then. Graphics are the most immediate aspect, big, bold and colourful. Gameplay is not quite as good though, keep you amused for a while.

Beamrider
Company : Activision
Year    : 1984
Author  : Action Graphics
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: As with many of Activision's early C64 games, a conversion of a console program. The game had aged a bit since it was first released a couple of years before, and the simple shooting action was standard for that era.

Big Bird's Funhouse
Company : CBS Software
Year    : 1984
Author  : CCW Inc
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: Many of Big Bird's friends have been invited over, but they are playing a game of hide 'n seek. Your task is to identify which of those is still hiding away in a series of games. Simple fun for the kiddies once more.

Big Bird's Special Delivery
Company : CBS Software
Year    : 1984
Author  : CCW Inc
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Common
Comments: A simple delivery game for the kids to enjoy, where Little Bird brings on the gifts and Big Bird must decide which house each present should go to. Crap sound as usual, but the graphics are bold, bright and attractive for the eyes.

Block Hopper
Company : Fantasy Software Inc
Year    : 1983
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Ultra rare
Comments: I don't think you can get a more blatent clone of Q*Bert here if you tried. Sierra's Mr Cool was one thing, and Anirog's Hexpert, but this takes the biscuit. Hello lawsuit. Could be why it's impossibly hard to find (only two copies known to exist currently).

Blueprint
Company : Commodore
Year    : 1983
Author  : Bill Hindorff
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Common
Comments: Many of Commodore's early cartridges were conversions of Bally Midway arcade machines. This was one of the more obscure games, and also one of worse conversions. Murky graphics, slightly grating sound and run-of-the-mill gameplay do not a classic make.

Bowling Max
Company : Commodore
Year    : 1983
Author  : HAL Laboratory
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Rare
Comments: It's bowling time on the ten pin lanes. No joystick needed, all that is required is the F1 key to control hook and aim for each delivery. Not bad considering the limitation of the machine it was programmed for.

Bridge 64
Company : Handic
Year    : 1983
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: Not what you'd expect to find on a cartridge, though given this comes from Sweden, who knows what to expect? Sadly this is just a solo play game provided, but it does give a modest challenge and would be an ideal learning tool for new players to the game.

Bubble Burst
Company : Spinnaker
Year    : 1984
Author  : Joyce Hakansson
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: This is a game more aimed at the younger player now. It plays in the style of Missile Command, funny flying things are swooping down to steal soap bubbles and you must direct shots with a cursor to capture them. An interesting little program.

Bubble Busters
Company : Maxion
Year    : 1984
Author  : Joyce Hakansson
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: Licensed from the Spinnaker game Bubble Burst.

Buck Rogers
Company : Sega
Year    : 1983
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 4
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: Yuck. A terrible conversion. Garish, blocky graphics coupled with monotone sound and insipid gameplay make this one of those cartridges to obtain only because it is there to collect.

Bug Crusher
Company : Mr Computer Products
Year    : 1983
Author  : Peter Nissley
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: A mildly entertaining game to say the least. You have to collect bugs with your ship, whilst avoiding the barriers scrolling across the screen, and the two alien ships out to stop you. Think Frogger crossed with Pacman. The usual standard from this company now!

C64GS cartridge
Company : Commodore
Year    : 1990
Author  : n/a
Rating  : 8
Rarity  : Common
Comments: The cartridge packaged with the ill-fated 64GS console contained International Soccer, Flimbo's Quest, Klax and Fiendish Freddy. The latter certainly benefits from the immediate access format, and overall a good compilation. Certainly you will find more of these around than the actual console itself.

Calc Result
Company : Handic
Year    : 1983
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 7
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: A spreadsheet program for the C64, and a very good one at that. Comes in a curious cartridge/disc combination, the cartridge is a copy protect feature and you can only load the program whilst it is plugged in. Very customisable also, just about anything you want to calculate in cells.

Calc Result Easy
Company : Handic
Year    : 1983
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: A cartridge only version of Calc Result, with only a small part of the functionality cut down to make room on the cartridge. Works very much like the parent product but without the obvious customisation.

Castle Hassle
Company : Roklan
Year    : 1983
Author  : JV Software
Rating  : 7
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: Plays a bit like the Exidy arcade machine Venture. Wander round rooms, solving puzzles and retrieving objects with a ghost as the main character. A game that grows on you the more you play it, despite the dodgy graphics and sound.

Centipede
Company : Atarisoft
Year    : 1983
Author  : Gregg Tavares
Rating  : 7
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: A good solid version of the popular arcade machine. Gameplay suffers slightly from having to use the joystick instead of a trackball, and this program is hard enough already without having to worry about that. Basic graphics and sound are no problem to reproduce, and the cartridge is a worthy purchase for someone who wants a challenge.

Chase HQ 2
Company : Ocean
Year    : 1990
Author  : Probe Software
Rating  : 7
Rarity  : Common
Comments: Another of the early Ocean conversion cartridges, this was done by the same team that later did Super Monaco GP. An average game at that, it had that unexplainable feel of being a little loose when playing.

Checkers
Company : Yu Can Software
Year    : 1984
Author  : R. Sonnenberg
Rating  : 7
Rarity  : Rare
Comments: A curious little program, also available on disc, which lets you play Checkers (Draughts to those outside the US) against the computer. Graphics and sonics are basic, but the AI of the computer is pretty good and will give you a decent game for your money.

Choplifter
Company : Broderbund
Year    : 1982
Author  : Dane Bigham
Rating  : 7
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: One of the first cartridge games for the C64, and one of those unique games to later appear in the arcades. Graphics are pretty basic but with good animation and sound is sparse at best. But the gameplay is fairly addictive and challenging to keep you persevering at it.

Close Encounters of the Worst Kind
Company : Mr Computer Products
Year    : 1983
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 2
Rarity  : Rare
Comments: Possible the worst game I have ever played on the C64. A mediocre Space Invaders clone at best, coded in Basic, and the addition of a 2-player simulataneous option is the only reason it doesn't score a 1.

Clowns
Company : Commodore
Year    : 1982
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 4
Rarity  : Abundant
Comments: One of the few games that required paddles for use, but you shouldn't buy them just for this. A pretty banal conversion attempt, another early Commodore cartridge. Nothing good to even mention about it except it's a different form of Breakout.

Clowns Max
Company : Commodore
Year    : 1982
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 4
Rarity  : Rare
Comments: The Japanese MAX release of Clowns. Appears to be exactly the same program as the one released in the West apart from a slightly different title screen.

Clown 64
Company : Commodore
Year    : 1983
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 4
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: A Swedish release of the clown jumping, balloon bursting game.

Coccinelle
Company : Spinnaker
Year    : 1983
Author  : Computer Access Corporation/Ediciel
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: A French regionalised version of "Delta Drawing". The title literally translates as "ladybird".

Coconotes
Company : CBS Software
Year    : 1984
Author  : The Dovetail Group
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: The Scats are stranded on a desert isle, so in the meantime of being rescued, they are making tunes from the notes in the sea. You can form your own melody to the backing tracks, or compete in a game against the note-eating crab on the beach. Simple musical fun.

Comal 80
Company : Commodore
Year    : 1985
Author  : Unicomal
Rating  : 7
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: Useful programming language cartridge which is 32k, at the time quite unusual. Comes with a good program packed demo disc and detailed instructions.

Congo Bongo
Company : Sega
Year    : 1983
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: The game was released in the US on cartridge and disc with 2 different programs. Whilst the disc version had all 4 screens, this only had 2. And suffers because of it, whether due to lazy programming or lack of memory on the cartridge. Plays okay otherwise.

Cosmic Combat
Company : Maxion
Year    : 1983
Author  : Ken Madell
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: Licensed from the Spinnaker game Cosmic Life.

Cosmic Life
Company : Spinnaker
Year    : 1983
Author  : Ken Madell
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: Looks rather simple on the outside, but actually is rather a fun, yet unchallenging game that everyone could play. Based on the rules of "Life", you must get your colony of cells to grow more than your opponent within the time allowed. You can play fair, or play dirty, it is up to you!

Crisis Mountain
Company : Creative
Year    : 1983
Author  : Lloyd Ollman Jr
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: A quiet little game where you must jump around caverns, diffusing the bombs you come across there and avoiding the rocks and lava. Good gameplay design and reasonable graphics are hampered by the fact there are only 2 screens to play on before trying again at a higher difficulty.

Cup Final 64
Company : Handic/Commodore
Year    : 1983
Author  : Andrew Spencer
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: A Swedish release of the Commodore football classic. No idea why the name was changed, but nothing appears to be different about the program itself on the cartridge.

Cyberball
Company : Domark
Year    : 1990
Author  : Quixel
Rating  : 7
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: The Tengen arcade where 2 players could play robotic American football didn't really take off here for obvious reasons. Still, the conversion is decent enough to play and you can have the same competitive or co-operative 2 player action as well. Released on cartridge, presumably, for the benefit of 64GS owners.

Dance Fantasy
Company : Fisher Price
Year    : 1984
Author  : WCI Labs
Rating  : 4
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: Choreograph your dance routines a la ballet with this curious little cartridge. You have the choice of male and female performers and a range of moves and music. If only it could have been pulled off a bit better, drab graphics and sound would not really keep the attention of the little ones.

Dancing Feats
Company : Romox
Year    : 1983
Author  : Softsync
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Rare
Comments: A music creation tool with the emphasis more on allowing the user to control the direction and sound rather than actually composing. Consider it an early version of a DJ tool. I believe this was released in the UK by Anirog at some point.

Decathlon
Company : Activision
Year    : 1984
Author  : Action Graphics
Rating  : 8
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: The original joystick waggler accurately translated over to the C64. Plenty of sweat and co-ordination required to achieve more than 10,000 points and that important Activision gold medal patch. Definitely one to just slot in and play to relieve tension and frustration! And I was lucky enough not to break any controllers either.

Defender
Company : Atarisoft
Year    : 1983
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: A none too shabby conversion of the classic Williams arcade machine. Not wanting to burden players with all those buttons, the programmer has tried to fit as much as possible into the joystick. Difficulty is nothing like the original either, being a lot easier to shoot and avoid death as it passes you by. Then again, no conversion I played could hope to match the arcade.

Delta Drawing
Company : Spinnaker
Year    : 1983
Author  : Computer Access Corporation
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: A very detailed, highly adaptive and comprehensive drawing package for kids. Despite its nature, it is very easy to learn all the commands and can produce some quite neat pictures. Works very much like Logo, only better, with the ability to colour in and paint the canvas also.

Der Rechenlowe Fit in Mathematik 1 schuljahr
Company : Commodore
Year    : 1984
Author  : Westermann
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: Basic learning cartridge for teaching grade 1 students the initial steps of mathematics. All guided by the counting lion sprite...

Der Rechenlowe Addition/Subtraction 2/3 schuljahr
Company : Commodore
Year    : 1984
Author  : Westermann
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: Basic learning cartridge for teaching grade 2 and 3 students the steps of addition and subtraction. All guided by the counting lion sprite...

Der Rechenlowe Multiplikation/Division 2/3 schuljahr
Company : Commodore
Year    : 1984
Author  : Westermann
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: Basic learning cartridge for teaching grade 2 and 3 students the steps of multiplication and division. All guided by the counting lion sprite...

Der Rechenlowe Addition/Subtraction 3/4 schuljahr
Company : Commodore
Year    : 1983
Author  : Westermann
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: Basic learning cartridge for teaching grade 3 and 4 students the steps of addition and subtraction. Once again the ubiquitous counting lion sprite is present to guide children through all the bits.

Der Rechenlowe Multiplikation/Division 3/4 schuljahr
Company : Commodore
Year    : 1983
Author  : Westermann
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: Basic learning cartridge for teaching grade 3 and 4 students the steps of multiplication and division. Once again the ubiquitous counting lion sprite is present to guide children through all the bits.

Der Rechenlowe Fit in Geometrie 3/4 schuljahr
Company : Commodore
Year    : 1983
Author  : Westermann
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: Basic learning cartridge for teaching grade 3 and 4 students the steps of geometry. All guided by the counting lion sprite...

Der Rechtschreiblowe
Company : Commodore
Year    : 1983
Author  : Westermann
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: A typing game for German students. Like a couple of other packages at the time, the main program is on the cartridge and the lessons themselves are loaded from tape or disc, making a complete set hard to find.

Designer's Pencil
Company : Activision
Year    : 1984
Author  : Gary Kitchen
Rating  : 7
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: An easy to use graphical designing package, where you can either draw or program your own graphical masterpieces. Control is via keyboard and joystick with menus and buttons to achieve the desired results. The limit is merely what your brain can design now!

Diamond Mine
Company : Roklan
Year    : 1983
Author  : IDSI
Rating  : 8
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: A curious, sadly hard to find game that is actually rather playable. Control your little minecart and go digging through the dirt picking up diamonds and avoiding the nasties. The problem lies in the fact the diamonds follow you about and contact with the nasties removes them. A little (excuse the pun) gem of a game.

Diary 64
Company : Handic
Year    : 1983
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: As the name says, it is a diary program to keep track of all those important dates, functions, meetings and the so on that busy C64 owners must have attended back then. And pigs might fly. At least you could make it comprehensive and save it all out too.

Dig Dug
Company : Atarisoft
Year    : 1983
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 7
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: A semipopular arcade machine translated rather effictively for the C64. Graphics are reasonable, as is the sound, but the game is playable enough to keep you at the joystick for a while. Dig through the tunnels and blow the critters up, always a good concept to me!

Donkey Kong
Company : Atarisoft
Year    : 1983
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 7
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: Could have been much better sadly. The graphics are reasonably accurate, but Mario is a little fat now as he waddles along the platforms. Sound is pretty much on cue though. Certainly a good cartridge to pick up, but probably not quite as good as the Ocean version a few years later.

Dot Gobbler
Company : Mr Computer Products
Year    : 1983
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: You can probably guess this game is Pacman by some other moniker. Except you can choose the speed at which you wish to play, making it harder or easier throughout. There are even two different versions of the game made, each with a different maze layout, but there is the same dot and powerpill gobbling as usual.

Double Dragon
Company : Melbourne House
Year    : 1989
Author  : Binary Design
Rating  : 4
Rarity  : Rare
Comments: A cartridge version of the Melbourne House conversion. Both this and the Ocean version are equally bad, and as equally hard to find. And like its counterpart, apparently only available at one computer show in Australia. Worth getting if only for collecting sakes.

Double Dragon
Company : Ocean
Year    : 1992
Author  : Imagitec
Rating  : 4
Rarity  : Rare
Comments: It has now come to my attention that this is not the same game as released two years earlier by Melbourne House, but instead a reprogrammed effort. This was a strange choice for Ocean's last cartridge, and the game isn't any better or worse than the previous version. The only thing of note is due to the fact it was only available at a computer show, it isn't at all easy to find.

Dragon's Den
Company : Commodore
Year    : 1983
Author  : Andy Finkel
Rating  : 8
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: Go play Lazarian and then this, and attempt to spot the difference. The two games are even written by the same person, which probably explains the similarity. Still, this is a hell of a lot better than the conversion of said arcade game. Decent graphics and sound, plus a good difficulty gradient makes this one of the better Commodore cartridges to find.

Ducks Ahoy!
Company : CBS Software
Year    : 1984
Author  : Joyce Hakansson
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Common
Comments: Anyone who has played the later game Walkers will get the idea of this. Move your boat around the canals to pick up the ducks and take them to the harbour. You have to time your boat's arrival to match the ducks at the docks and then get to and from in time before any go splosh in the water. Interesting little game for the kids.

Ernie's Magic Shapes
Company : CBS Software
Year    : 1984
Author  : CCW Inc
Rating  : 3
Rarity  : Common
Comments: A very simple game for very young children to teach them about shape recognition and colour matching. Help Ernie either match up individual shapes or build a picture in the sky. Probably keep a child's attention for a little while at least.

Espial
Company : Tigervision
Year    : 1984
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: Very much a clone of Terra Cresta, this game is far more known for appearing on other console formats. Just as well, this version of the game is pretty dire. The graphics consist mainly of monochrome sprites and backdrops, with little animation or colour. Sound is a bit better, along with the challenge of the program, which does provide some tough resistance.

Facemaker
Company : Spinnaker
Year    : 1983
Author  : Designware
Rating  : 3
Rarity  : Common
Comments: A cartridge designed to let children build and animate faces on screen with a variety of different parts. Graphics and sound are pretty basic to say the least, and I can't see this would have kept a child occupied for much length of time, let along myself!

Falconian Invaders
Company : Turbo Software Inc.
Year    : 1983
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Rare
Comments: Looks and plays remarkably like a cutdown version of the Buck Rogers arcade machine. Except there is locking onto target ability and you lose fuel points if you let any of the aliens past.

Final Chesscard
Company : TASC
Year    : 1989
Author  : Mark Derksen
Rating  : 7
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: A chess program manufactured in Holland. As can be seen from the accompanying scans, the item is slightly larger than the average cartridge now! It almost looks like there is the capacity for battery backup as well from trying to examine the inside. As for the program itself, it plays a good game of chess!

Financial Advisor
Company : Commodore
Year    : 1983
Author  : Joseph McEnerney
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Abundant
Comments: A cartridge for doing your taxes, financial calculations and options into the stock market. Comprehensive and usable... as long as you have the instructions to go with it! Cartridge is very common to find (especially in Australia), but the packaging is incredible elusive and probably worth more.

Forth 64 Company : Handic
Year    : 1983
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: Another programming language available from those dedicated Swedish developers, to accompany the other really popular programs such as Cobol, Pascal and Comal. Still, at least the manual gives enough depth to get you started.

Fraction Fever
Company : Spinnaker
Year    : 1983
Author  : Tom Snyder
Rating  : 4
Rarity  : Common
Comments: Control your pogostick over the fraction plains, punching out incorrect fractions and going up to higher levels by hitting the correct fraction displayed above. Very simple graphics and sound hide a midly entertaining arcade challenge.

Frog Master
Company : Commodore
Year    : 1983
Author  : Michael Crick
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Common
Comments: One game for which the instructions definitely are needed. Control your tadpoles and frogs to score touchdowns in what is essentially an amphibian version of American Football. A strange concept to say the least, but mildly amusing and involving until something better comes along. Graphics and sound are adequate, but a challenge is definitely there.

Frogger
Company : Parker Brothers
Year    : 1983
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 8
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: Probably the best conversion of the popular arcade machine for the C64, though that's not too hard to achieve. Even then, it could be better still. Graphics are nothing spectacular, but are clear, defined and colourful. Sound is faithful to the original arcade, with most of the effects and tunes in there. The game is as playable as the parent, so that depends on whether you enjoyed it to begin with or not.

Frogger 2
Company : Parker Brothers
Year    : 1984
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 8
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: Then there is the curious inspired sequel, which I am not sure was actually an arcade machine or not. It takes the concept further this time, by having more than one screen for your poor frogs to traverse. You can get them into the little home boxes as before, but they must also cross the wide ocean, and ascend all the way up to Heaven. A higher difficulty than previous coupled with some great graphics makes this an even better frog experience.

Funplay cartridge
Company : Codemasters
Year    : 1990
Author  : n/a
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: A collection of three Codemasters budget games: Pro Skateboard, Pro Tennis and Fast Food. The immediate question originally was why bother with the cartridge when the games could be picked up individually for much less. The games themselves aren't great either, compounding the sales figures and the most likely reason the cartridge is somewhat hard to find.

Funplay/Powerplay cartridges
Company : Microprose
Year    : 1990
Author  : n/a
Rating  : 9
Rarity  : Rare
Comments: Both compilations in one box.

Galaxian
Company : Atarisoft
Year    : 1984
Author  : Bill Bogenreif
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: This could have been so much better than it actually was. The first problem is due to the arcade being a vertical monitor, you have to squash it down to fit on a TV screen. Consequently the graphics are flatter and wider than they should be. And secondly that number of enemies will cause some headaches. Still the programmer got around it, but the gameplay suffers as a result and it is easier than arcade to beat.

Galaxions/Munchman
Company : HES Australia
Year    : 1983
Author  : Solar Software
Rating  : 4
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: Poor conversions of Pac-man and Galaxians are on this cartridge, both only taking 8K each. Not much playability in either.

Gateway to Apshai
Company : Epyx
Year    : 1983
Author  : Connelly Group
Rating  : 7
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: An action game of Epyx's famous Apshai trilogy series. Plays very much like an arcade machine, you walk round killing enemies, finding treasure, avoiding traps and casting spells. Only design fault would be the need to endlessly cycle F5 to get the action command you wish to use. Shortcut keys would have been much better. Apart from that, a decent explore and kill game, partially removed from the action RPG games of the trilogy.

Ghostbusters
Company : Activision
Year    : 1984
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 7
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: A cartridge version of the popular film-tie in licence.

Gold Record Race
Company : Maxion
Year    : 1984
Author  : Joyce Hakansson
Rating  : 7
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: Licensed from the Spinnaker game Jukebox.

Gorf
Company : Commodore
Year    : 1983
Author  : Eric Cotton
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Common
Comments: See Galaxian. This suffers from exactly the same sort of problems, fitting a vertical arcade machine into a horizontal video display. The graphics aren't too bad, bit blocky and expanded sprites are common. And if the Atarisoft programmer could do Galaxians, then why couldn't the programmer here as that stage is completely missing from the proceedings.

Graf 64
Company : Handic
Year    : 1983
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: Plot, plot, plot away, we're going to plot some graphs today. And quite a neat little program it is, allowing BASIC scripts to be written to draw out the lines and curves.

Gridrunner
Company : HES
Year    : 1982
Author  : Jeff Minter
Rating  : 7
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: The prequel to Matrix. Graphics are no big shakes, even in the sequel, but the basics for the gameplay and addiction are still very much present. Play this, then Matrix to try and get inside the head of Minter now. Centipede inspired, but a few new twists implemented to keep you on your toes.

Gridrunner 64
Company : HES
Year    : 1982
Author  : Jeff Minter
Rating  : 7
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: A Swedish release of the Jeff Minter classic. Note how this version is the original English release, there's no HES rebranding on the title screen.

Gyruss
Company : Parker Brothers
Year    : 1984
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 9
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: In my opinion, possibly the best arcade conversion available on cartridge. Captures all the feel of the arcade parent and manages to retain the essential playability within a single joystick controller. Great graphics and sound and all the features of the original combine to make a worthwhile addition to your collection. Only problem was when it originally came out, it was hard to find in the UK and cost a bundle!

Halftime Battlin' Bands
Company : CBS Software
Year    : 1984
Author  : The Dovetail Group
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: Play by yourself or against a rival to assemble your halftime marching band on the field and play out the tunes. Plenty of tricks and traps can be used to help yourself or hinder your opponent. Plus you get extra points for getting the proper tunes out of the musicians. Decent graphics and sound, and hard to get to grips with initially.

HERO
Company : Activision
Year    : 1984
Author  : The Softworks
Rating  : 8
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: John van Ryzin's classic cave exploration game made it over to the C64 pretty much intact and retained much of the class it had shown on the VCS parent. Easy to begin with, but gets very difficult soon after, this is an example of how to port a game without losing anything that made it a classic to begin with.

HESMon 64
Company : HES
Year    : 1983
Author  : Terry Peterson
Rating  : 7
Rarity  : Common
Comments: A good solid machine language monitor for the C64. Plenty of commands and flexibilty available for compilation, bug hunting and hacking.

HES Writer 64
Company : HES
Year    : 1982
Author  : Jerry Bailey
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: A word processor program for the C64, in only 8k. Not bad functionality and features for a program in such a small size. Need the manual to get most of it though.

Hop Along Counting
Company : Fisher Price
Year    : 1984
Author  : Pandasoft
Rating  : 4
Rarity  : Common
Comments: A basic numeracy and counting game designed for the kiddies to figure out how many bunnies are on screen and need to get to bed. Personally I go and boil the lot of them, but this is only a computer game now! Just passable enough to warrant a game now.

Human Skeleton Tutorial
Company : Unknown
Year    : 1984
Author  : S.M. Thorpe
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: Want to learn what all the bones in the body are called? Well this program is for you! Nice skeleton graphic admitedly, though little else present in what turns out to be an 8k program. Only problem is that the program runs in the same order each time, meaning you can just learn by rote after a couple of goes!

International Football/Soccer
Company : Commodore
Year    : 1983
Author  : Andrew Spencer
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Abundant
Comments: The original and, for quite a while afterwards, the best football game available on the C64. True, the sides only had 7 players each and this opened up the pitch a bit, but it was very difficult to score against the higher computer opponents and the goalkeepers were hard to fake out. Now probably third in the list after Emlyn and Microprose.

Jack Attack
Company : Commodore
Year    : 1984
Author  : Kevin Kieller
Rating  : 7
Rarity  : Common
Comments: Was this a dig at ex-Commodore boss Jack Tramiel? Certainly if the reports are to be believed, he did a lot of headsquashing as well. Guide Jack across 100 levels to wipe out the rotating heads, avoid being stepped on or drowning in the water. Not that easy to begin with and got harder, at least it had a progression system and even a high score save feature!

James Bond
Company : Parker Brothers
Year    : 1984
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: The hardest Parker Brothers cartridge to find is probably the least impressive of the, admittedly high standard, lot. Based upon scenes from 4 movies, you must guide various vehicles through landscapes surviving intact till the end. Rather unimpressive graphics and sound don't help the boring gameplay along. Ones for the collectors rather than gameplayers here.

Jawbreaker
Company : Sierra Online
Year    : 1983
Author  : Doug Whittaker
Rating  : 4
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: A variant on the theme of Pacman, where you control a set of teeth through a simple maze, avoiding the nasties rolling about and collecting the bonus lollipops for points. Simple graphics and sound, and none of the real challenge presented by the proper game at all. All comes in two labelling variations but they are the same game.

Juice
Company : Tronix
Year    : 1983
Author  : Arti Haroutunian
Rating  : 7
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: This turned up out of nowhere and I hadn't heard of it until trading for a copy. This is a Q-bert clone with a slight twist, it is viewed in 3D but is not a cube, instead a straight flat surface you must bounce over to lay a circuit line. Avoid the nasties and jump on special boards to lure the ever following mega nasty to its demise. Decent graphics and sound make this an interesting acquisition.

Jukebox
Company : Spinnaker
Year    : 1984
Author  : Joyce Hakansson
Rating  : 7
Rarity  : Common
Comments: This is an interesting little dance game where you must control the feet to move over the flashing disco light squares. However you must avoid stepping on the same square too many times otherwise it is game over. More of a puzzle game aimed towards children, this is a good game in its own right for adults.

Jumpman Junior
Company : Epyx
Year    : 1983
Author  : Randy Glover
Rating  : 7
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: A sequel to the successful Jumpman game released by Epyx earlier in the year. This time they released it on cartridge for instant access. Only twelve new levels to progress (hence the "Junior" tag), but they are quite a bit harder than before, and a few new surprises await those thinking this will be an easy task. A good solid, old fashioned platformer that gets you to think a bit on how to negotiate the levels properly.

Jungle Hunt
Company : Atarisoft
Year    : 1983
Author  : Bill Bogenreif
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: Another one of the slightly mediocre conversions courtesy of Atarisoft. Graphics are pretty murky and indistinct and the sound isn't much better than that. Gameplay wasn't that inspiring to begin with, so the whole package is one of averageness all round. For fans of the arcade machine only really.

Jupiter Lander
Company : Commodore
Year    : 1982
Author  : HAL Laboratory
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Abundant
Comments: The first ever Commodore 64 game, released with the console back in August 1982. Wasn't too bad admittedly, just gets boring very quickly. Based upon the arcade machine Lunar Lander, the landing sites never change and the game could be played ad infinitum if you are good enough to land the box down well each time. Things got better after this fortunately.

Jupiter Lander Max
Company : Commodore
Year    : 1982
Author  : HAL Laboratory
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Rare
Comments: The Japanese MAX release of Jupiter Lander. Exactly the same program as the one released in the West.

Kickman
Company : Commodore
Year    : 1982
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 7
Rarity  : Common
Comments: The second ever Commodore 64 game, probably released at the same time as Jupiter Lander. And it is rather better than said game. A conversion of the Bally Midway arcade game, it combines aspects of Clowns and Pacman for an unusual game. Really just for fans I think, it can get rather hard rather quickly.

Kickman Max
Company : Commodore
Year    : 1982
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 7
Rarity  : Rare
Comments: The Japanese MAX release of Kickman. Exactly the same program as the one released in the West.

Kickman 64
Company : Handic/Commodore
Year    : 1982
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 7
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: A Swedish release of the balloon balancing, clown on a bike game.

Kids on Keys
Company : Spinnaker
Year    : 1983
Author  : Frieda Lekkerkerker
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Common
Comments: Another typing game this time from Spinnaker. No flashy graphics like "Wizard of Id" however. Different games provide different challenges trying to get your fingers round the keyboard.

Kindercomp
Company : Spinnaker
Year    : 1983
Author  : Doug Davis
Rating  : 3
Rarity  : Common
Comments: Some basic learning tools for children to, well learn from I guess. Hardly any notable graphics to speak of, mainly being words and simple sprites on screen. Slightly more entertaining than other Spinnaker products perhaps, but this is designed for very young children only.

Kung Fu Master
Company : US Gold
Year    : 1986
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 7
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: A cartridge version of the arcade conversion.

Laser Cycles
Company : Turbo Software Inc.
Year    : 1983
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: Like the other TSI releases, this game was based on an existing concept, and if you haven't guessed by now in this case it is Tron, then you aren't paying attention! Actually this is quite a decent version of the light cycles subplot, with 2 player combat possible due to the somewhat stupid nature of the computer AI.

Last Ninja Remix
Company : System 3
Year    : 1990
Author  : John Twiddy
Rating  : 9
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: Got to hand it to System 3 to cash in on a good thing. As a present for the new 64GS owners, they rejigged the very successful Last Ninja 2 into a redone graphical and sonic package and made it instant access too. Due to the fact no regular C64 owner actually needed to buy this version, and the price tag at the time, sales weren't high and hence is not particularly easy to find.

Lazarian
Company : Commodore
Year    : 1983
Author  : Andy Finkel
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Common
Comments: See Dragon's Den. The conversion pretty much left me cold, partially because I have no recollection of the arcade to begin with, plus the face the game itself isn't an enjoyable experience to play. Graphically and sonically mediocre, this is one of those games you play just to see if you can actually like it.

Lazer Zone
Company : HES
Year    : 1983
Author  : Jeff Minter
Rating  : 7
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: Probably the least well known of the 3 Minter games released by HES, but that doesn't mean it is bad. Control two guns on X and Y axes to blast away the attacking invaders. Two player competition and co-operative mode makes it even better, coupled with the trademark Minter loud effects.

Leaderboard
Company : Access
Year    : 1987
Author  : Roger/Bruce Carver
Rating  : 9
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: A cartridge version of the classic golf game.

Le Mans
Company : Commodore
Year    : 1982
Author  : HAL Laboratory
Rating  : 7
Rarity  : Common
Comments: Simple but very enjoyable fun this game. Just requires you to have a set of paddles to play it though. Reminds me of a very old arcade game whose names escapes me for now. Guide your car up the screen avoiding all the others and plowing through many different road conditions. Good to just slot in and have a bash at for 15 minutes at a time.

Learning with Leeper
Company : Sierra Online
Year    : 1983
Author  : Bobbit
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Common
Comments: A rather basic learning package cartridge using the cute little Leeper character from their Lunar Leeper game. There are four activities to play: matching icons, maze chase, painting and number counting. Might keep a child occupied for a little while.

Letter-Go-Round
Company : CBS Software
Year    : 1984
Author  : CCW Inc
Rating  : 4
Rarity  : Common
Comments: A simple match the letters game for the kiddies to understand. Words come up and you must pick the correct letters off the big wheel in the right order. Bright colourful graphics help keep their interest now!

Letter Scrambler
Company : Maxion
Year    : 1983
Author  : Ken Madell
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: Licensed from the Spinnaker game Up For Grabs.

Linking Logic
Company : Fisher Price
Year    : 1984
Author  : Frieda Lekkerkerker
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Common
Comments: A puzzle game at its heart here, where you must work out where to put certain items to make sure your friend can pick up all the pieces of the bridge they will reach at the bottom and not fall into the water. Actually provides a decent challenge for kiddies.

Lode Runner
Company : Broderbund
Year    : 1983
Author  : Dane Bigham
Rating  : 8
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: The game itself was partially based upon Space Panic no doubt. But it took the concept to the next level by having you collect all the items on the screen whilst avoiding the guards. And some of the screen were real bad to try and negotiate. One of those classics a lot of people remember playing from days gone past.

Logic Levels
Company : Fisher Price
Year    : 1984
Author  : Frieda Lekkerkerker
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Common
Comments: Refer back to the review for Linking Logic, only this time it's aimed at older children, and you are preventing a ball from being destroyed. Same control method, same interface, much the same game. And much the same review and score!

Lunar Leeper
Company : Sierra Online
Year    : 1983
Author  : Dr Bob
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: Well, it's sort of like Defender, but then more like Dropzone in its execution (though this appeared before said classic). Fly across the landscape destroying the leepers and taking the men back to base. Very simple in nature, graphics and sound, another of those cartridges for just the collectors to get their hands on.

Magic Desk I
Company : Commodore
Year    : 1983
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Common
Comments: An introduction into the world of point and click menu systems, and also a basic word processor to get people to understand how to use their computer better. Needs a disc drive to save any work out though. And the planned sequels to introduce calculate, finance and so on never appeared.

Make-A-Face
Company : Learning Tree
Year    : 1983
Author  : Designware
Rating  : 3
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: Licensed from the Spinnaker game Facemaker. All that is different is the box.

Mario's Brewery
Company : Mr Computer Products
Year    : 1983
Author  : Jeremy Thorne
Rating  : 4
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: You see a pattern in this company's game releases, they are based upon other successful genres of the day. This one tries to be Donkey Kong, but falls very flat. The main sprite isn't even animated, that's how bad it actually is! Still you get some sadistic pleasure from trying to beat it, and it is quite a challenge to complete at least.

Mastertype
Company : Scarborough
Year    : 1983
Author  : Bruce Zweig
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: A typing cum learning game similar to many produced in the early days of the Commodore 64. Eighteen detailed lesson plans to help you learn touch typing correctly, with a bit of humour thrown in. Impressive and detailed, if a little boring at times.

Math Mileage
Company : CBS Software
Year    : 1984
Author  : Marcia Burrows
Rating  : 4
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: A good mental arithmetic game spoiled by just about everything about the program being substandard. Drive your car along the number highway trying to get your score equalling the target set by running over numbers and operands. Fun up to a point.

MAX Basic Max
Company : Commodore
Year    : 1982
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Rare
Comments: A larger sized programming cartridge than its smaller cousin. It also allows for load/save operations using a datasette at least. Far more functionality and flexibility, and storage space for your masterpiece. Why they released the other one, I don't know.

Maze Man
Company : Turbo Software Inc.
Year    : 1983
Author  : Creative Equipment
Rating  : 4
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: Yet another Pacman clone for the times (2 versions in fact), and yet another dismal attempt to give the gamesplayer anything new in the genre. The maze, whilst big, stays the same all the way through, and the powerpills merely send the "ghosts" back to their homes rather than allowing you to munch them up for bonus points. The one novel feature is a turbo boost allowing to escape but not eat at the same time. Still, pretty boring to play.

Maze Master
Company : HES
Year    : 1983
Author  : Michael Cranford
Rating  : 7
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: Before The Bard's Tale came this game from the same author. You can see many of the ideas here that were later transported to said classic RPG, including roster of members, turn based combat, spells, review board grading and first person maze view. Not a bad little game all in all, just very difficult to begin with. Unless you are careful you will die quite often and lose all that you have done!

Megafun
Company : Entertainment Software
Year    : 2004
Author  : Scott Julian
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: And what's more fun that just having one game on a cartridge? Why three of course. All of these games were originally published in Ahoy magazine, and are fun for a while, and in the case of Vortex, actually offers a decent challenge.

Memory Manor
Company : Fisher Price
Year    : 1984
Author  : Frieda Lekkerkerker
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Common
Comments: A window washing game with a difference. You have to remember only to wash certain windows that have things behind them, and you only have a limited amount of water to do it with. Bright graphics and the usual poor sound make this a slightly curious release to say the least.

Miner 2049er
Company : Big 5
Year    : 1983
Author  : Frank G
Rating  : 7
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: One of the very first computer platform games is still as challenging now as it was back then. Ignore the rather primitive graphics and sound, and get your head around trying to cover every single inch of every platform in each room. It is not easy to say the least. The only thing lacking was some sort of password system, of which they implemented something akin to that in the sequel.

Mini Basic Max
Company : Commodore
Year    : 1982
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 4
Rarity  : Rare
Comments: A Basic programming cartridge for the MAX machine. Enables most of the easiest and simplest commands to be programmed and run. But without any load/save functionality there doesn't seem much point. And you get all of 600 bytes to use as well!

Minnesota Fat's Pool Challenge
Company : HES
Year    : 1983
Author  : N. Strange
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: The game is licensed from Bubble Bus in the UK and is called Hustler. One of the first pool games to appear, and like all of them at the time, not quite with it in terms of playability, accuracy or realistic ball movement. Least it has a 2 player option for some challenge and competitive action.

Mole Attack Max
Company : Commodore
Year    : 1982
Author  : HAL Laboratory
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Rare
Comments: A version of the classic Whack-a-Mole game from the fairground. Hit the moles as they appear, but remember to only get the heads, not the tails. No joystick support either, it's all on the keys instead. Mildly entertaining for a while.

Money Wars Max
Company : Commodore
Year    : 1982
Author  : HAL Laboratory
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Rare
Comments: A simple game of money stealing where you must guide your thief from one side of the screen and back again avoiding the many obstacles. Graphics and setup remind me somewhat of Hunchback. Obviously the difficulty and speed of the game increase the better you do.

Monster Voyage
Company : Maxion
Year    : 1984
Author  : Joyce Hakansson
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: Licensed from the Spinnaker game Aegean Voyage.

Moon Patrol
Company : Atarisoft
Year    : 1983
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 8
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: A firm favourite of mine in the arcade, and the official Atari conversion does the real machine proud. Just about everything is here, the aliens, the holes, the boulders and all the attack patterns and 26 waves that make up the jaunt across the Moon. Graphically accurate with some decent sound effects, this is a playable and challenging game in its own right, regardless of the fact it is also one of the best cartridge conversions you can obtain.

Moondust
Company : Creative
Year    : 1983
Author  : Jamon Lanier
Rating  : 7
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: Well is it a game, or is it something completely different? Something I am still trying to decide! The object of the program is to guide your spaceman round the screen creating strange patterns and getting certain objects to pass through the trails that you create. Or something. You would think it was a Jeff Minter game upon first examination. One of those curious cartridges to collect out there.

Motor Mania
Company : Romox
Year    : 1982
Author  : John Fitzpatrick
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Rare
Comments: A rather simple driving game that did get published in other forms later on, and by other companies. Drive your car up the road avoiding all the obstacles and other vehicles. Nothing much to it really, but a hard game to track down in cartridge form. Simple graphics and sound were standard for most 1982 early programs, and the challenge isn't all that great either.

Mountain King
Company : Beyond
Year    : 1983
Author  : Douglas Dragin
Rating  : 7
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: Curious game where you control someone digging through the mountain, collecting diamonds and trying to enter the Throne Room in order to take the crown and be proclaimed Mountain King. Certainly hard to understand what to do without instructions, and the graphics and sound are no big shakes. But the gameplay is solid and sent on a good difficulty curve for learning how to beat it.

Movie Musical Madness
Company : CBS Software
Year    : 1984
Author  : The Dovetail Group
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: A way for children to "create" their own movies and animated set-ups, let down only by the fact the interface itself is rather complicated and convoluted to use. Apart from that, the graphics and sound have had attention paid to them and in itself, this is a curious little package to try out. But make sure you know what you are doing!

Mr Cool
Company : Sierra Online
Year    : 1983
Author  : Peter Oliphant
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: A version of the arcade game Q-bert, but the graphics are not a match on the conversion that Parker Brothers did. Same concept though, guide Mr Cool over the levels to colour them, avoiding the multitude of missiles being sent from either side to knock him off. Entertaining for a while, but doesn't have the appeal of the original game.

Mr TNT
Company : HES
Year    : 1984
Author  : Harley Puthuff Jr
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: The game is a bit like Qix in that you control some sort of cursor across the screen avoiding the nasties. The difference being instead of drawing a trail behind you, the object is to remove all the trails from the screen. Not easy. You must make sure you don't run into any dead ends for a start. So a bit of planning is required to even complete the first screen.

Ms Pacman
Company : Atarisoft
Year    : 1983
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 8
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: A much better effort than the first Pac conversion that Atari did. Everything looks and seems a lot more polished and refined. All the elements from the arcade are present, from the correct maze layouts to the intermission screens. Graphics and sound are very faithful to the arcade parent and the game as a whole is rather playable.

Muistio 64
Company : Handic
Year    : 1983
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Rare
Comments: Some sort of word processing cartridge. Not exactly easy to navigate if you have no sense of the Scandinavian languages!

Music Composer
Company : Commodore
Year    : 1982
Author  : Andy Finkel
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Abundant
Comments: A good solid music composition program that is easy to understand and use (once the instructions have been assimilated) to get some simple tunes to play out. You can have all 3 voices going at once with different effects and instruments, and while it won't make you into Rob Hubbard, it will give good results.

Music Composer Max
Company : Commodore
Year    : 1982
Author  : Andy Finkel
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Rare
Comments: The Japanese MAX release of Music Composer. Exactly the same program as the one released in the West.

Music Machine
Company : Commodore
Year    : 1982
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Abundant
Comments: Whereas Music Composer was a tune composition tool, this is more a real time playing keyboard program. You can change the number of voices playing at the same time, voice effects, instruments and octave. Yet again an entry level program, but one that gives some okay results if you are willing to persevere.

Myth
Company : System 3
Year    : 1990
Author  : Peter Baron
Rating  : 9
Rarity  : Rare
Comments: Probably the best game available in the cartridge format. Only pity is that fact it is damned hard to get hold of a copy. Terrific graphics immediately hit you, then the realistic sound effects such as sword clanging and bones crunching. Work your way through the 4 different time zones to defeat the evil demon with no loading worries!

Narco Police
Company : Dinamic
Year    : 1990
Author  : Iron Byte
Rating  : 7
Rarity  : Ultra Rare
Comments: Unlike its counterpart, I had at least seen this for sale in mail-order lists and knew of its existence. Pity for not buying it then because it is incredibly hard to come by today. The game itself is quite enjoyable, kit out your police troops and go explore tunnels (in a similar fashion to part 2 of Platoon), killing stuff along the way.

Navy Seals
Company : Ocean
Year    : 1990
Author  : John Meegan
Rating  : 9
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: After working on Untouchables, John Meegan was assigned to create a game of the movie. Crap movie, great game. Some beautiful graphics and music hide a very high difficulty level, in that one shot kills your men. Work your way around defusing the Stinger missiles and then try to escape from Beirut. Great interlevel pictures compliment the package as a whole.

Novablast
Company : Imagic
Year    : 1984
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 7
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: A cartridge version of the scrolling shooter.

Number Nabber Shape Grabber
Company : Commodore
Year    : 1983
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 4
Rarity  : Common
Comments: A simple game of grab the number or shape to make up the equation listed at the top of the screen. Game plays very much like Dig Dug, you burrow through the dirt to reach the numbers and shapes, grab them with your tongue and then assemble them into the correct formula. Pretty boring stuff to be honest.

Number Tumblers
Company : Fisher Price
Year    : 1984
Author  : Childware Corporation
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Common
Comments: A game of maths and calculation aimed at children, but I reckon it would give some adults problems trying to play it as well! Control your Wumbletum over the numbers and mathematical signs to produce a total that makes one of those listed at the top of the screen, whilst competing against another player. Simple, brain taxing fun.

Oil's Well
Company : Sierra Online
Year    : 1983
Author  : Thomas Mitchell
Rating  : 7
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: A clone of the obscure Stern arcade Anteater, this is not a bad little game. For those most likely not to have played said arcade, the object is to guide the oil pipe down a series of maze like corridors to pick up the required items and avoid the nasties roaming around. A lot harder than it sounds given you are vunerable at any part of the pipe you make in your travels. Worth a few plays at least.

Omega Race
Company : Commodore
Year    : 1982
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Common
Comments: Another of the early batch of Commodore cartridges, and sadly not all that good either. A conversion of the Bally Midway game, the graphics are decent vectors seemingly rendered in sprites though, and the sound is the usual sparse shooting effects. Gameplay isn't all that exciting either, roaming around trying to keep your ship under control (not easy) and shooting the bad guys. A bit like Asteroids in some ways.

Omega Race Max
Company : Commodore
Year    : 1982
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Rare
Comments: The Japanese MAX release of Omega Race. Almost exactly the same program as the one released in the West.

Omega Race 64
Company : Handic/Commodore
Year    : 1982
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Common
Comments: A Swedish release of the space shooter classic.

Pacman
Company : Atarisoft
Year    : 1983
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: Could have been better, this conversion of the classic Namco arcade is a disappointment. I think this is the game that US Gold released two years later in the UK. Just too late then. Graphics and sound are pretty faithful to the parent, but the intermission scenes appear to be missing.

Paint Brush
Company : HES
Year    : 1983
Author  : Joseph Depp
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: A paintbrush program with a variety of options and style available. Included is a demo tape containing a selection of reasonable images you can produce with the program. Not bad, but far from comprehensive or detailed.

Pancho
Company : Romox
Year    : 1984
Author  : Micro Application
Rating  : 7
Rarity  : Rare
Comments: Apparently it wasn't only American games that made it to the depths of being duplicated on masse (or then again, maybe not). This is actually French in origin, and French in language if closely looked at. It is also a Q*Bert clone, and quite a decent one at that.

Pang
Company : Ocean
Year    : 1990
Author  : Arc Developments
Rating  : 8
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: Not a widely known arcade game until the conversion made more of a name for it. Travel all over the globe, seeing exciting new locations and then blowing up a load of balls. Only the Japanese. Still, the graphics are bright and colourful, and sound is funky and catchy as you dodge the bouncers.

Park Patrol
Company : Activision
Year    : 1984
Author  : Tony Ngo
Rating  : 8
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: A cartridge version of the classic litter collecting game.

Pastfinder
Company : Activision
Year    : 1984
Author  : Tim Wilson
Rating  : 9
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: It is just typical that probably the best Activision game available on cartridge is the hardest to find. Travel over the radiated landscapes, seeking artifacts, shooting the nasties and bouncing over the obstacles. Starts off tricky and gets hard reasonably quickly, this game will provide a lot of variety and challenge.

Peanut Butter Panic
Company : CBS Software
Year    : 1984
Author  : CCW Inc
Rating  : 4
Rarity  : Common
Comments: An arcade game for children, to teach them the art of co-operation and resources. Control the two creatures to capture the stars zooming overhead and turn them into peanut butter sandwiches. Jumping makes them tired so eating the sandwiches gives them energy. And so it goes on. Pretty simple stuff nonetheless.

Pinball Spectacular
Company : Commodore
Year    : 1983
Author  : HAL Laboratory
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Common
Comments: Not really a proper pinball game, given the fact you control a set of bats rather than flippers in this electronic target game. At least they were wise enough to make it paddle controlled instead of joystick. Not that bad given it's an early attempt at the genre, but a proper pinball game is almost lacking on the C64.

Pipes
Company : Creative
Year    : 1983
Author  : John Doering
Rating  : 4
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: Think of the game Pipemania released some 5 years after this, and you are probably on the right tracks. However there is no time limit to compete against, just how to figure out how to connect up all the houses to the one water supply with a limited number of pipe pieces. More of an educational title for the kiddies than a proper game.

Pitfall
Company : Activision
Year    : 1984
Author  : Peter Filiberti
Rating  : 7
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: The classic jungle treasure hunt game comes over reasonably well to the C64. Graphically rather similar to the VCS version, with the repeating tree background and enemy sprites. Sound is limited to jingles and effects. They could have polished it up a bit, something Activision did do for the sequel conversion. Still, definitely worth a purchase.

Pitfall 2
Company : Activision
Year    : 1984
Author  : Tim Shotter
Rating  : 7
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: Same name, different game. Now you have to travel underground to find the treasure, riding balloons, avoiding frogs and swimming in rivers. Graphically improved, the gameplay takes some time to get use to and is easier in the fact that you lose points not lives instead when coming unstuck.

Pitstop
Company : Epyx
Year    : 1983
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Common
Comments: The original before the classic sequel took everyones' wrists and joysticks unawares. Most of the components were already in place, except they were vastly improved upon. Very poor in the graphics department, mostly monochrome sprites, and the motor engine sounds like a bass kazoo. Another one for the collectors.

Pole Position
Company : Atarisoft
Year    : 1983
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 7
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: Slightly different to the game released by Datasoft, though to most purposes they are the same program. One track was switched between them. Not too bad in the graphics, bright but not that well scrolled or animated. Sound is not that much better, but similar to the arcade. The game itself is reasonably challenging especially if the number of laps is put up high.

Popeye
Company : Parker Brothers
Year    : 1983
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 7
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: I didn't get to play this properly in arcade format until the emulators came around. Not a bad game really, it comes across pretty well to the parent. Collect the hearts dropped by Olive Oyl over 4 screens, avoiding the attentions of Bluto and the evil Sea Hag. Graphics are colourful if a little indistinct and there are some decent effects. Definitely tough though.

Powerplay cartridge
Company : Microprose
Year    : 1990
Author  : n/a
Rating  : 9
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: A collection of three superb games: Rick Dangerous, Stunt Car Racer and Microprose Soccer. Definitely worth the asking price back then if you didn't have any of the games. Sadly the 6-a-side option for Soccer is missing, but you can't have it all. Definitely one of the best compilations available, with the bonus of instant access!

Princess and the Frog
Company : Romox
Year    : 1983
Author  : PSI
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Rare
Comments: Unsurprisingly a clone of Frogger. Instead of the traffic you have knights on horseback, though you still seem to have logs and turtles on the other side. What the princess has to do with it all, I don't know. You've played one Frogger type game, you've played them all really. Just a question of figuring out which one of them is the best. And this isn't it really.

Q-Bert
Company : Parker Brothers
Year    : 1983
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 8
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: Great conversion of the cult arcade game. Jump your funny alien around the cube painting the sides the same colour whilst avoiding the bouncing nasties and that damn snake. Graphically rather impressive, with good use of colour and animation. Plus the immortal swearing speech bubble when you lose a life. One of the better cartridge conversions out there.

Rack 'em Up
Company : Roklan
Year    : 1983
Author  : IDSI
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: A standard pool game, probably on the same level as Hustler by Bubble Bus. However it sacrifices a colour display for having all the necessary balls on screen at the same time. You have a choice of various games as well to keep interest up. However the monochrome graphics and ill defined ball physics are a definite put off.

Radar Rat Race
Company : Commodore
Year    : 1982
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 7
Rarity  : Common
Comments: Well it's Rally-X by any other name. And for those who can't remember the game, the object was to guide your car around the maze avoiding the enemy vehicles and collecting flags. Now it is mice and cheese instead. Sprites don't seem to have been used in the graphics and the sound is rather bad but it is still a decent play.

Radar Rat Race Max
Company : Commodore
Year    : 1982
Author  : HAL Laboratory
Rating  : 7
Rarity  : Rare
Comments: The Japanese MAX release of Radar Rat Race. Almost exactly the same program as the one released in the West.

Ranch
Company : Spinnaker
Year    : 1984
Author  : Joyce Hakansson
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: Does exactly what it says on the box. Allows you to build your own ranch, animate it, act out stories and the such like, all to a somewhat authentic Western style music track. Hard work to achieve visible results, but worth it in the end perhaps.

Retro Ball
Company : HES
Year    : 1982
Author  : Alick Dziabczenko
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Common
Comments: A computer version of the air-hockey game we see in various amusement places. The game is 1 or 2 player, which really does help its appeal somewhat. Graphics and sound are rather basic, though the physics of the puck seem realistic to a sense. Gameplay is probably not involving enough even with 2 people to warrent many plays.

River Raid
Company : Activision
Year    : 1984
Author  : Microprojects Engineering
Rating  : 7
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: If there is one thing Activision managed with all their VCS classics was to translate them over to the C64 pretty successfully. This retains all the charm and playability that the original has without necessarily adding anything to it. Decent graphics and sound for the time, nothing too spectacular, but the playability is retained to provide a decent shooting game.

Road Race Max
Company : Commodore
Year    : 1982
Author  : HAL Laboratory
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Rare
Comments: Reminds me very much of a game called "Night Driver", in fact you can play this with paddles and it is set during the night. Try to get as much distance as possible before the time runs out without crashing into the sides of the road.

Robocop 2
Company : Ocean
Year    : 1990
Author  : Painting by Numbers
Rating  : 7
Rarity  : Common
Comments: Rather a different game to the one Ocean had produced for the first in the series. This was more of a platform collecting game with some shooting bits thrown in. Graphics were very colourful, and when I say that, I mean that. Definitely quite unlike a typical Robocop film! The instant access made the game more playable than it would be otherwise because it is rather hard and tricky.

Robocop 3
Company : Ocean
Year    : 1992
Author  : Probe Software
Rating  : 8
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: Whereas this game was a little more back on track regarding attention to detail and actually following the plot of the film closely. Though there are probably more people who have played the game than watched the film! Graphically diverse over all 5 stages with a great title tune and effects, and tough difficulty to begin with ensure this is a good cartridge to get for players and collectors.

Robotron 2084
Company : Atarisoft
Year    : 1983
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 7
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: Given the technical capabilities of the arcade and the C64, this isn't a bad conversion indeed. They also wisely chose to include a 2 joystick option. Graphics are probably as good as they could be back then, and the speed doesn't suffer too much with all that action on screen. Not quite the same experience as the arcade but a reasonable attempt to recreate it.

Rootin' Tootin'
Company : HES
Year    : 1983
Author  : Bryce Nesbitt
Rating  : 8
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: Converted from the little known Data East arcade game, this was the inspiration for the Taskset game Jammin'. Plays rather like Pacman in that you guide your instrument round a maze collecting notes. But the notes then fire off in certain directions and can kill the pursuing nasties instead of having power pills. Gives you a challenge and definitely fun to plug in and play.

Sammy Lightfoot
Company : Sierra Online
Year    : 1983
Author  : Dean Creehan
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: A game I had not come across until trading for the cartridge. Only really worth it because it rather hard to obtain in this format. Guide Sammy to negotiate many screens of the Big Top without coming a cropper. Not very easy from the start either. Has a strange addiction because it is so hard, you want to beat the damn game and see what comes next.

Satan
Company : Dinamic
Year    : 1990
Author  : Luis Garcia
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Ultra Rare
Comments: How rare? Let's say I have never found any reference to the game being on cartridge ever. Until I got it. That's how rare it is. Far more common on tape/disc of course. Just as well that game is decent enough to warrant looking for. The usual platform action with some sword and spell usage along the way.

Save New York
Company : Creative
Year    : 1983
Author  : Joe Jetson
Rating  : 7
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: Why choose NY? Maybe the programmer came from there. Still it gives rise to plenty of skyscraper defending action as you pilot your plane shooting down the alien invaders and preventing any from laying eggs in the tunnels underneath. Basic like graphics do their job though the game is playable and entertaining, especially since you can shoot the buildings down yourself!

Seafox
Company : Broderbund
Year    : 1982
Author  : Ed Hobbs
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: A clone of Sea Wolf in some ways, you control a submarine and must sink the ships above you whilst avoiding depthcharges. The differences being that there are some ships you should not hit and you can fire both upwards and straight ahead, to deal with the enemy subs attacking you. Basic graphics and sound, but the gameplay is fun and challenging for a while at least.

Seahorse Hide 'n Seek
Company : CBS
Year    : 1984
Author  : Joyce Hakansson
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: Guide your multitude of seahorses across the sea floor avoiding the attentions of the unwelcome fish and octopus lurking about, by hiding in coral or changing colour to match the background. Teaches children the importance of camouflage and patience to make their way safely to the boat on the other side. Simple fun for the kiddies once more from CBS.

Sea Speller
Company : Fisher Price
Year    : 1984
Author  : Childware Corporation
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Common
Comments: A game of word creation masked by the cute nature of the player (a dolphin naturally) and that some strategy actually comes into play. Guide the dolphin to pick out parts of words to form wholes, just like Scrabble. You get more points for making more than one word at a time. Colourful graphics help the proceedings along.

Sea Wolf
Company : Commodore
Year    : 1982
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Abundant
Comments: A conversion of the Bally Midway submarine game. And another program that requires a set of paddles to play. Compete against the enemy sub to sink as much shipping as possible within the time limit. Simple gameplay, simple graphics, just enough to fit inside the 8K cartridge capacity at the time. Warrants a few plays but nothing else.

Serpentine
Company : Broderbund
Year    : 1982
Author  : Mac Senour
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: A variation on the old Snake game. Instead of trying to block out your opponent, you must chase after them and eat the snakes from behind. Plus there are frogs to munch to increase your length, and eggs to either eat or protect depending on who they belong to. A neat little game worthy of some playing.

Shadow of the Beast
Company : Ocean
Year    : 1990
Author  : DMA Design
Rating  : 7
Rarity  : Common
Comments: Probably one of the most ambitious projects for the C64, only possible because of the cartridge technology, otherwise the loading times would be too extreme. Stays pretty faithful to the Amiga original and probably makes for a better game in some ways as it was lower in price and hype.

Simons Basic
Company : Commodore
Year    : 1983
Author  : David Simons
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Common
Comments: Adds 114 new commands to the programming BASIC language of your C64. Many are useful, but sadly some are ill-programmed or otherwise pretty useless. Also there are a number of bugs in the code which can cause problems. A great idea but sadly the execution is way off.

Skaermtrolden Hugo
Company : SilverRock
Year    : 1990
Author  : Thomas Villadsen and Uffe Jakobsen
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Rare
Comments: A game featuring the comic book character of the same name. In essence it is a 3D collect 'em up set deep inside a mine. Get the jewels by the looks of things, and avoid the dynamite. Good but glitchy graphics and decent sound make this a run-of-the-mill title.

Solar Fox
Company : Commodore
Year    : 1983
Author  : Judy Braddick
Rating  : 7
Rarity  : Common
Comments: One of those games you never got to see in the arcades the first time around. Rather bizarre in some ways, the idea is to collect all the glowing objects on the screen. Not difficult to begin with, it slowly makes life harder but takes a long time doing so. Depends if you can be bothered to play that long to get that far now.

Song Maker
Company : Fisher Price
Year    : 1985
Author  : Carousel Computing
Rating  : 4
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: A song maker (as the title says) for kids. Comes with around 15 built in songs and the ability to make your own. Easy to use interface and multiple instruments are the only real options over the fact you can only compose one channel of music sadly. Probably the last cartridge release of the first wave.

Space Action
Company : Handic
Year    : 1983
Author  : Arne Fernlund
Rating  : 4
Rarity  : Rare
Comments: A pretty dire attempt at a shoot-em-up here. Looks and plays like the hyperspace section from "Attack of the Mutant Camels", but that's about it. Worse graphics and sound, and none of the playability of the game in question.

Space Gun
Company : Ocean
Year    : 1992
Author  : Images
Rating  : 8
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: Released on cartridge some months after appearing on other formats, this was last official Ocean cartridge release (until Double Dragon). Hence it is not that easy to find. All you get is the instant access, no extra screens sadly. Still it is the best version as the loading times are a bit on the long side. Good graphics and sound add to the game trail laid by Operation Wolf years before.

Space Ric-o-shay
Company : Mr Computer Products
Year    : 1983
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: Well it could hardly be worse than some of their other products listed in this document. It isn't, but that isn't saying much in itself! It plays a bit like Pang, in that you shoot the falling objects which then split into four parts which require destruction. And so it goes on and on until you die 5 times.

Space Shuttle
Company : Activision
Year    : 1984
Author  : Steve Kitchen
Rating  : 8
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: Probably the most serious game that Activision produced in cartridge format. This requires you to pilot the Space Shuttle from launch to landing dealing with many different missions along the way. Graphics are functional and well laid out, making your job easier to perform. And after all that, you could still send in for the ubiquitous Activision patch!

Speed/Bingo Math
Company : Commodore
Year    : 1982
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 3
Rarity  : Common
Comments: The first thought I had was the fact this is supposed to be an arcade conversion. What person would play this in an arcade now?! Two very simplistic number games on offer here, one just gives you maths problems, the other combines this into a game of Bingo against the clock to make a straight line. No idea why this was even muted as an idea to begin with.

Spitball
Company : Creative
Year    : 1983
Author  : Ken Rogoway
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Common
Comments: A cross between Snakes and pinball, in that you must guide your worm like creature around the maze, avoiding the enemy snake and shooting it with a ball that must bounce through a set of mirrors before hitting it. Well that's the explanation. Execution isn't that easy, as you must keep your eye on where the other snake is and figure out where the best place to shoot from is.

Spy Hunter
Company : Sega
Year    : 1984
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 8
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: Great conversion of the popular arcade game, very authentic and playable. Control your secret agent down the road and rivers as far as possible, racking up points from destroying enemy vehicles be they cars, helicopters or boats. All the features of the arcade, just plug a joystick into the other port to access the weapons though! And the famous Peter Gunn music plays most of the way through.

Star Post
Company : Commodore
Year    : 1983
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Common
Comments: The closest you could call this game is Tempest. Except you don't really move on the screen, only your firing cursor does. Enemies appears from the edges of the screen and you must line up the gun and shoot them before they reach your base. As the difficulty increases, so do their speed and frequency of appearance. Keep you occupied for a while at least.

Star Ranger
Company : Commodore
Year    : 1983
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Common
Comments: A fairly standard shoot 'em up except you have a great deal of maneveurability on screen and can face either backwards or forwards. This is about the only novelty of the game, the rest being standard fair with various enemies coming on screen to be blown to bits. As an introductory lesson to shooters, not a bad example to show.

Star Trek
Company : Sega
Year    : 1983
Author  : Joe Sengir
Rating  : 7
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: A conversion of the arcade game, and not really anything sophisticated and deep to do with the TV series. Fly around space, protect the starbases and destroy the nasty Klingons warbirds. You have both photon torpedoes and phasers to use, plus shielding and hyperspace to defend yourself. Reasonable pseudo 3D graphics and sound effects hide a slightly shallow gameplay experience.

Star Wars
Company : Parker Brothers
Year    : 1983
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 7
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: Far less well known than the Vector Graphics conversion several years later. And both have their plus and minus points. In favour here is the fact the graphics are more defined and move faster. The minus is that they are less accurate, relying on sprites to shoot at instead of proper vector ships. Also the music isn't that great. But as it is Star Wars, it will always be playable to a degree.

Stat
Company : Handic
Year    : 1983
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: A statistics, graph and probability calculation program. Works a little different to how you expect, in that it provides a range of new commands and you write Basic programs to carry out the graph building yourself.

States and Capitals Tutorial
Company : Unknown
Year    : 1984
Author  : S.M. Thorpe
Rating  : 4
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: Education, education, education, that's the mantra. And one of the most important things to learn in American schools would be the names and capitals of all the US states. So here's something to help you do that.

Stix
Company : Supersoft
Year    : 1983
Author  : Andrew Trott
Rating  : 7
Rarity  : Rare
Comments: A clone of the arcade game "Qix" but very entertaining still. Has all the features of the arcade parent (slow/fast draw speeds, border patrols etc) to keep you occupied. Also released on tape/disc, but for some reason Supersoft made some carts of it too.

Story Machine
Company : Spinnaker
Year    : 1983
Author  : Designware
Rating  : 4
Rarity  : Common
Comments: A simple story program to let children use a small part of their imagination and watch the computer act out their commands. Basic graphics and sound, but colourful enough to keep them watching. And you even try eating the cat (pussy?!) if you so desire...

Story Machine
Company : Learning Tree
Year    : 1983
Author  : Designware
Rating  : 4
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: Licensed from the Spinnaker game Story Machine. All that is different is the box.

Super Alien Max
Company : Commodore
Year    : 1982
Author  : HAL Laboratory
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Rare
Comments: It's "Space Panic" but set in a pseudo 3D environment viewed from overhead. Anyhow play the game and get the picture. Dig holes and fill them in when you can lure the aliens to fall into them. Crap graphics and sound, but strangely tricky gameplay as the damn aliens can get out quite easily.

Super Expander
Company : Commodore
Year    : 1983
Author  : Fred Bowen
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Common
Comments: In essense a shrunk down version of the Simon's Basic cartridge, but they kept most of the good stuff and threw away what you didn't really need or use. You can some fancy graphics and sound commands, plus structured programming and debug tools. And it only takes around 8K of the memory from your programs.

Super Games cartridge
Company : Commodore
Year    : 1988
Author  : n/a
Rating  : 7
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: A compilation created in Germany for a specific C64 package released. The games used were International Soccer, Colussus Chess 2.0 and Silicon Syborgs (aka Silicon Warriors). A good choice in terms of variety, Soccer was still a good game then and the chess program was one of the best released. And fortunately the cartridge is not too hard to track down either.

Super Smash
Company : Commodore
Year    : 1983
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: If you haven't guessed from the name, this is Breakout. But is does incorporate the ideas from both the original release and the later Super version. You get normal brick bashing, plus versions where the bricks scroll down. Graphics and sound are basic and didn't have much work put into them, and you will need paddles once more to play.

Super Zaxxon
Company : Sega
Year    : 1984
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: Not as good as the HES conversion (done by Michael Cranford), this looks, sounds and plays very much like it was coded by the person who did the Sega Zaxxon game. Which means the graphics are colourful but jerky moving, the sound isn't all that special and the playability is a little off. Not bad, but could have been better just like the original could have been too.

Tank Wars
Company : Mr Computer Products
Year    : 1983
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: A variation on the old Atari VCS Combat cartridge. Control your tank around the maze, avoiding fire and shooting the enemy tank. Fine in principle but sadly the original actually had more features than this game, one main option being to have bouncing bullets. The graphics are rather basic looking with a crudely animated tank, and the music is dreadful. Still it scores marks for being a slightly addictive 2 player challenge.

Tapper
Company : Sega
Year    : 1984
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 7
Rarity  : Common
Comments: Great arcade game, just as good conversion here. Fill the customers' glasses up to get them all out of the door in time, then collect the empties or tips left for bonus points. Colourful animated graphics and catchy sound wrap up the package. This version would have scored more if it wasn't for the fact only the first two bars are included instead of all four. Memory problems rear their head once more.

Teledata 64
Company : Handic
Year    : 1983
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Rare
Comments: God knows on this one, probably some sort of modem teledata transfer program. Any ideas, please let me know!

Tennis
Company : Imagic
Year    : 1984
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: As knows as Matchpoint Tennis here in the UK.

Tenpin
Company : Entertainment Software
Year    : 1989
Author  : Scott Julian
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: A new homebrew cartridge, if as far as you can call this such one being now in 2004. Originally written and published in Ahoy magazine, it is now available on 8k ROM. Not a bad little game with some physics, simple but tidy graphics and a multiplayer option. Okay it's no Tenth Frame, but a cute little program nonetheless.

Terminator 2
Company : Ocean
Year    : 1991
Author  : Dementia
Rating  : 7
Rarity  : Common
Comments: Also came with graphics and music packages on the same cartridge. The game itself is well presented with interlevel screens and updates based upon the film. Graphically bold and well animated, with film based music and effects. Each section is like a minigame, and would be entertaining for a while on its own. Together they make the whole game a decent package.

Text 64
Company : Handic
Year    : 1983
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Rare
Comments: Another word processing type program, but doesn't appear to be as sophisticated as the Muistio program.

The Fourth Sarcophagus
Company : Handic
Year    : 1983
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 4
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: A simple text adventure, with the usual 2 word input that characterises the early attempts to put the world into something other than graphics. Very difficult to start off, and the parser isn't very wide ranging either. But that's what happens when you try to cram something like this into just 8K or 16K.

The Mutant Spiders
Company : Handic
Year    : 1983
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: The same as The Fourth Sarcophagus in the design and detail, but easier to start off with, at least you can figure out how to get out of the plane successfully and not die! Seems to have a better premise and storyline, if you can call it that, and throws some interesting situations at you to puzzle round.

The Pit
Company : HES
Year    : 1983
Author  : Bill Haberiob
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: A cross between Dig Dug and Boulderdash, the object appears to be to dig your way through the underground to rescue your fellow aliens and avoids all the nasty things that could befall them. Graphics are mainly character blocks with the odd sprite thrown in, and music isn't that much better. And all the time there is a tank trying to blast your UFO to bits. Mildly entertaining, and a curious game to boot.

Threshold
Company : Sierra Online
Year    : 1983
Author  : Stu
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: An interesting variation upon the Space Invaders theme. This time the aliens have different attack patterns across the screen and you can't shoot too often otherwise your laser overheats. Graphics are well animated if monochrome and sound consists of mostly blasting noises. Would get a better mark if it wasn't so easy, I completed it on my first attempt!

Timebound
Company : CBS Software
Year    : 1984
Author  : CCW Inc
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: Learn about history and events in time whilst playing a simple game of find the lost person. You must track down your friend who's lost by finding the right category of historical event and then the correct place in time when it occured. Basic game all round but a useful learning tool.

Toki
Company : Ocean
Year    : 1991
Author  : Al Dukes
Rating  : 7
Rarity  : Common
Comments: Can't say I had heard of the arcade in question until Ocean announced they were making a conversion. It is the usual platform rescue the girl situation but your monkey has a few power-ups hidden in his fur to use. Big colourful sprites abound in a game that does benefit from the cartridge instant access. It isn't that easy either, which should give gamers enough to get their teeth into.

Tool 64
Company : Handic
Year    : 1983
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Rare
Comments: God knows on this one as well. Any ideas, please let me know!

Tooth Invaders
Company : Commodore
Year    : 1982
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Abundant
Comments: Most likely a game designed for children to teach them the importance of brushing their teeth. Command the superhero to brush away plaque and floss between teeth whilst avoiding the attention of the baddie DK. Basic graphics and sound hide a somewhat tricky game to begin with, but as there is no real variation between levels, it gets boring rather quickly.

Toy Bizarre
Company : Activision
Year    : 1984
Author  : Mark Turmell
Rating  : 8
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: A very clever and worthy clone of the arcade game Mario Brothers, except there is only one player action. Guide Merton round the factory turning off the valves before the toys hatch and cause havoc. Otherwise you will have to stun them and then collect them up. All the time avoiding the attentions of Hefty Hilda. Great graphics and sound compliment a very fun and involving game.

Trashman
Company : Creative
Year    : 1983
Author  : Marc-Thomas Clifton
Rating  : 4
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: Nothing to do with the game of the same name by New Generation, this is rather dire Pacman clone. Control your trash collector round the maze, collecting the rubbish and dodging the dirt nasties roaming about. Graphics aren't all that great, and the sound is worse. Didn't like this version of that collecting game one bit.

Turtle Graphics 2
Company : HES
Year    : 1983
Author  : David Malmberg
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Common
Comments: A pretty decent Logo type program where you can program in the drawing and creation of pretty patterns, colourful images and even design some sprites. Best needs the manual to get the most out of it of course.

Tyler's Dungeons
Company : Turbo Software Inc.
Year    : 1983
Author  : Greg Pratt
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Rare
Comments: Explore the mazes, avoiding the nasties either roaming around or snakes hidden in the walls to collect 8 treasures over 4 levels of dungeons, with more than 250 rooms to negotiate. Not exactly compelling stuff, but people would have kept playing it at the time with a $1000 prize on offer to whoever completed it first...

Ultrex Quadro Maze
Company : Turbo Software Inc.
Year    : 1983
Author  : Greg Pratt
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Rare
Comments: Very much like the previous Mazeman games, indeed it was written by the same person. Instead of one large maze however, there are four mini ones to gobble dots from, each being randomly selected before play.

Up 'n Add 'Em
Company : Fisher Price
Year    : 1984
Author  : Childware Corporation
Rating  : 4
Rarity  : Common
Comments: Yet another arithmetic game from the people of learning. Guide the various animals to the correct number of balloons to take them soaring into the air to create a rainbow. Well, you should be able to guess the rest now given the previous Fisher Price reviews you've read!

Up 'n Down
Company : Sega
Year    : 1984
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 7
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: Another of those games where I encountered the conversion before even setting eyes on the arcade parent. And I haven't done that to this day. Guide the Baja buggy round the outdoor course, collecting flags and jumping on other vehicles to score points. Quite challenging with a keen eye for the coloured flags needed and tactics to avoid getting run over.

Up for Grabs
Company : Spinnaker
Year    : 1983
Author  : Ken Madell
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Common
Comments: Although aimed at children, this could appeal to family members of all ages seeing as it can be 4 players at once. Plays much like Scrabble, grab the letters off the spinning cubes and use them to form words om a grid. After 4 quarters of competing and manipulation, you add up the scores. Not a bad little game in all.

Utah Counties Tutorial
Company : Unknown
Year    : 1984
Author  : S.M. Thorpe
Rating  : 4
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: Learning the US state names and capitals not enough for you? How about identifying all the counties within Utah. Feel up to the challenge? God knows how many more of these education carts are out there, but you have any of them, let me know!

Viditel 64
Company : Handic
Year    : 1983
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Rare
Comments: About as much as Teledata64 admitedly. Appears to be another sort of terminal communication program.

Viduzzles
Company : Commodore
Year    : 1983
Author  : Camelot
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: A computer jigsaw puzzle is the best way to describe this. You can select the number of pieces to break the picture into, as well as having a choice of 3 pictures. Additional images could be loaded from tape/disc, and it would be good to find them.

Viking Raider
Company : Interphase
Year    : 1984
Author  : Craig Carmichael
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: A bizarre cartridge, in that you need a disc drive and game disc to play the game. Plug the cart in, the drive does some accessing and eventually you get to play the game. When it does, it isn't that impressive. Control your Viking warrior around the countryside with a joystick and type commands on the keyboard to perform commands. A very curious hybrid design indeed.

Vindicators
Company : Domark
Year    : 1990
Author  : Consult Computer Systems
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: A competant conversion of the rather obscure coin-op machine. Graphics and sound are no big shakes, merely doing their function with some dodgy scrolling especially. Gameplay is one-track and rather limited, and not helped by the fact it is also quite hard to get into. Why bother paying for this cartridge when you could get it much cheaper on tape?

Visible Solar System
Company : Commodore
Year    : 1982
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Abundant
Comments: A basic introduction to the world of astronomy, done Commodore style. Move your satellite around the Milky Way, viewing the planets from any angle and position, and find out interesting facts and comparisons between their stats. Graphically the planets are reasonably realistic, but the stats are now woefully out of date.

Webster: The Word Game
Company : CBS
Year    : 1983
Author  : Heuristic Software
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: A simple learning game for children that teaches them both new words and how to spell them against the clock. Challenging at the higher levels even for adults too, the graphics are simple but bold and colourful to attract the little kiddies' attention for long enough.

Wizard of Id's Wiztype
Company : Sierra Online
Year    : 1984
Author  : Sydney Developments
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: It's a typing game for the people out there in the world who need to learn how to type. This game at least attempts to liven things up by providing big colourful graphics (a Sydney trademark) and lots of cute tocuhes. Still, a typing game is a typing game, and nothing can make it completely compelling to all.

Wizard of Wor
Company : Commodore
Year    : 1983
Author  : Jeff Bruette
Rating  : 9
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: The best cartridge that Commodore released in my opinion. Then again it wasn't that hard to duplicate the graphics and sound of the original, just had to get the gameplay right. Which they did, getting the balance on 2 player usage and a decent enough challenge when playing alone. One of the best co-operation games available for the C64, and just one of the best conversions for the machine full stop.

Wizard of Wor Max
Company : Commodore
Year    : 1982
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 4
Rarity  : Rare
Comments: A different version to the one released in the West. No 2-player option with only 4k to work with here, crap graphics, hardly any sound, not much in the way of bonus. And a conflict between the product number on the box and the manual!

Wizard of Wor Max
Company : Handic/Commodore
Year    : 1982
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 4
Rarity  : Rare
Comments: One of the finds of the year courtesy of my friend Kim Lemon (of Lemon64 fame). This is the MAX C64 computer release (from Japan) somehow turning up in Sweden and being sold there. Packaging is in Swedish unsurprisingly. Game is crap admitedly, as the programmer only had 4K to work with. No 2 player option and all graphics are without animation. But this is now one of the highlights of my collection!

Wonderboy
Company : Activision
Year    : 1987
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 5
Rarity  : Scarce
Comments: A cartridge version of the arcade conversion.

Zaxxon
Company : Sega
Year    : 1984
Author  : Unknown
Rating  : 6
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: Really not going either way with this conversion sadly. The graphics are nice to look at until they move, then the sprites seem to jerk about a bit over the screen. Sound is adequate, explosions, laser blasts and the so forth. The game is mildly addictive, to try and negotiate the 3D landscape and get to the end to face the robot. But the Super Zaxxon conversion wasn't much better.

Zenji
Company : Activision
Year    : 1984
Author  : Adam Bellin
Rating  : 9
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: A classic puzzle game of its time, the quality of the program hasn't diminished with time. Guide your control head around the maze, twisting and turning pieces so they all light up green from the "source" in the middle. The best way to play is to switch your brain off and just go with the flow of doing it. Pure addiction.

Zone Ranger
Company : Activision
Year    : 1984
Author  : Dan Thompson
Rating  : 8
Rarity  : Uncommon
Comments: Decent conversion of the VCS space shoot 'em up. Based around Sinistar and Asteroids, you must fly your ship to destroy the killer satellites to restore order to the galaxy. Not easy from the offset. There are plenty of enemies to shoot and secrets to uncover as you delve deeper into space.